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Crises loom if youths not considered in distribution of COVID-19 palliatives, Group warns govs

Posted By Kenneth nwakauba | In News | Apr 24, 2020, 1:36 pm

TO reduce the imminent crime rate, the South West Youth Movement Presidential Support Group has warned the six South-West governors to include youths in the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to cushion the effects the current lockdown might have on them.

This, the group said, might heighten the tendency by the youths to take to crime as means of survival, except the South-West governors specifically make provisions for youths in the distributing COVID-19 palliatives.

The chairman of the group, Mr Temitope Ogunlade, while addressing newsmen in Ibadan, on Thursday, noted that several youths had become hungry and tired of staying indoors, hence were compelled to take to crime and begging in order to take care of their needs and that of their families.

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While making reference to recent robbery incidents in South-West states like Lagos and Ogun, the group observed that the current lockdown had increased their frustration and criminal tendencies.

While arguing that the youths were not opposed to staying home as a way to prevent the spread of the virus, Ogunlade urged governments of the South West yet to begin distributing palliatives to start to prevent people dying from hunger.

For those who had started distributing palliatives, he prayed that the sharing be devoid of political or religious sentiments.

His words: “If you want youths to obey, the government also has a responsibility to distribute palliatives to our people. The people should obey government while government should also do its best to curb the spread of disease.”

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